Mazama, WA – PCT mile 2590

We’re almost to Canada!  We made it to Mazama, WA yesterday which is only 60 miles south of the boarder.  Mazama is where Dawn Patrol has been spending her recent summer seasons working for Outward Bound and we’re excited to be back in the Methow Valley once again hanging with old and new friends.

Washington has been quite eventful for us.  Our friend Brent, aka Lava, has been hiking the entire state of Washington with us and our friend Meg, aka Guilty, has been hiking a couple sections of northern Washington with us.  We will be joined by our friends Diana and Ian for the last 60 miles to form our own Super Group and mob to the border.  We should be walking into Canada on Sept 22nd.

Washington has been amazing.

The North Cascades are rugged and offer many challenges for us hikers. Here, the PCT climbs up deep canyons to high mountain passes, only to descend another deep canyon and repeat the cycle. The trail traverses alpine lakes, Mt. Adams, Mt Rainier, Goat Rocks, and Glacier Peak before entering the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, North Cascades National Park and Pasayten Wilderness. The prime attraction is Glacier Peak, and the rugged route around it offers a memorable experience.  Not only is the North Cascades Range rugged, it is the wettest along the route, lying in a storm track most of the year although this year we have had amazing weather.  This annual precipitation produces about 750 perennial snowfields and small glaciers, which collectively account for about half the snowfield area in the lower 48 states.